Tourism creates thorny ethical dilemmas. Isn’t that the point?

via Quartz, 14 April 2018:

A temple, a hat, and a vexing moral question for tourists.

On a recent holiday in Cambodia, as I marveled at the magnificent Angkor Wat temple complex, a commotion broke my reverie.

I had already noticed the other tourist involved: a white woman wearing an Asian conical hat. I had snapped a photo of the mesmerizing Baphuon temple with her in the foreground, walking toward it (above). But when she got to the entrance, she was blocked by a guard.

“In Cambodia, the Vietnamese hat is not allowed,” the guard told her.

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Low demand delays Angkor-Bagan link

via Myanmar Times 03 April 2018: The twin promotion of Angkor and Bagan was mooted last year to boost tourism, but it looks like there isn’t enough demand to justify direct air links.

The planned direct air link between Cambodia’s ancient city of Angkor and Myanmar’s city of Bagan is facing delay due to lack of charter airlines willing to fly between the two destinations as the traffic is not likely to generate a profit, Myanmar Hotels and Tourism Union Minister U Ohn Maung told The Myanmar Times.

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Angkor revenue up, tourists amount down – Khmer Times

via Khmer Times, 30 March 2018: Some of the preliminary figures are suggesting that despite the increased revenue, tourists are staying for shorter periods.

But he said the new price of Angkor passes, accommodation services have seen tourists stay for shorter periods, apparently because of the high ticket costs.

“We cannot say this is affected by the new prices, as we can see number of tourists to the park and income from the sector is high from the government’s figure,” he said.

“But we are in the sector. We have seen our sales, especially for bookings for tourists, are mostly in the short-stay categories.”

Source: Angkor revenue up, tourists amount down – Khmer Times

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Dramatic love for heritage

via Bangko Post, 29 March 2018:

Ketsurang, a plump archaeologist, inadvertently travels back in time from the present day to the reign of the Ayutthaya Kingdom’s King Narai the Great (1656-1688) over 300 years ago. Her soul resides in the body of a gorgeous yet mean woman, Karaket, whose soul left her body for hell due to her severe sins. While in the Ayutthaya Kingdom, she is mesmerised by the traditional way of life and the stunning beauty of palaces, temples, rivers, markets and forts. The novel-turned-TV series Bupphesanniwat (Love Destiny) is very popular nationwide and tens of thousands fans flock to Ayutthaya to visit the ancient sites.

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Ayutthaya sees increasing number of tourists

via NNT, in Pattaya Mail, 26 March 2018:

Ayutthaya – The ancient province of Ayutthaya, is enjoying an increase in the number of visitors, boosting the local economy and people’s incomes. Ayutthaya Governor Sujin Chaichumsuk said that a rise in the number of tourists has been apparent since the period drama “Buppesannivas” premiered and became a must-watch show for Thai citizens. Buppesannivas has […]

Source: Ayutthaya sees increasing number of tourists – Pattaya Mail

Famous Ayutthaya temple extends hours for tourist influx

via Bangkok Post, 25 March 2018:

Tourists have a rare chance to see the magnificent Wat Chaiwattaram at night after the historic park in Ayutthaya decided to extend opening hours at the temple.

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Four destinations in Yogyakarta to be revamped

via Jakarta Post, 25 March 2018: Travel links from the new Yogyakarta airport to to attractions like Borobudur to be improved.

The Yogyakarta provincial administration will improve a number of travel destinations located between the new Yogyakarta International Airport in Kulon Progo and Borobudur temple in Magelang, Central Java.

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